Comedian, Actress & Activist
Maysoon Zayid is an actress, professional standup comedian and writer.
Arab American Comedy
She received a BA in Acting from Arizona State University and is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Maysoon was a full-time On-Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and has recently appeared on The Queen Latifah Show and Huffington Post Live. Maysoon is a recurring columnist at The Daily Beast and was a speaker at TEDWomen 2013.
Maysoon has appeared on Comedy Central, PBS, CNN, HBO, MTV, ABC, BBC and had a feature role in Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.
As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour.
Maysoon’s screenplay, LAW, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab. She was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and named one of 21 leaders of the 21st century by Women’s Enews. She is the founder of Maysoon’s Kids, an education and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children. Maysoon was delighted to be a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC’s Women Who Care Awards and currently sits on the planning committee.
Arts and Conflict
Maysoon explores how to use comedy and theater to reach high-risk youth and teach them non-violent self-expression.
Growing Up Muslim in America
Maysoon shares her experiences of growing up Muslim in a country that is afraid of Muslims and growing up American in a family that's afraid of Americans.
Survival of the Unfittest
Maysoon talks about living with, rather than suffering from, disabilities and how to best use something people expect will hold you back to excel.
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The Middle Eastern Leadership Council at the University of Virginia would like to thank Maysoon for helping us conclude our Middle Eastern Cultural Month with such an amazing event. There was a great diverse turnout and all those who attended really enjoyed Maysoon's performance. Maysoon was so easy-going, hilarious, and well-spoken. We hope Maysoon enjoyed her visit to UVA as much as we enjoyed having her!
- | Middle Eastern Leadership Council - University of Virginia
On behalf of the APC team and all of the attendees, we want to express our sincere appreciation for your terrific keynote presentation. We felt it was our most successful conference to date! The audience LOVED you! You connected with the audience the minute you walked onstage and held their attention the entire presentation. Not only did you deliver humor they all enjoyed, but you served as a source of inspiration and motivation. A standing ovation says it all, and you received a rousing one. Also, thank you for staying and talking to so many attendees after your keynote. You certainly were the PERFECT choice for our conference!
- | Administration Professionals Conference